Support groups contain a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice. No matter if the support groups are for community organizations, mental health service providers, schools, campuses, hospitals, or clinics, you are able to connect and bond over a common purpose, goal or circumstance.
Getting involved in support groups has it’s many advantages. When you join a support group, you are surrounding yourself with either like-minded individuals who share similar experiences. Whether the experience was negative or positive you are able to share your stories amongst the group. As time goes on, you begin to trust fellow participants within your support group.
Support groups may allow you to relate to others outside of your home/living situation. Whether or not you are able to confide in your family or friends over what you are going through, support groups offer varying perspectives.
If you or a loved one are facing adversity, it is highly recommended that you join a support group. You can share your experiences and also hear insight from those who overcame their problems and learn how to do the same.
There are many local support groups in the greater Philadelphia. For starters, to locate either in-person or online groups, you can call your local Area Agency (contact information can be found at eldercare.gov) or the AARP Caregiving Support Line 1 (877) 333-5885.
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